Rowman and Littlefield International

Mobilities of Self and Place

Politics of Wellbeing in an Age of Migration

By Mahni Dugan

This book documents rich conversations with regular migrants and refugees to critically consider migration history, human rights, place, self, and mobilities studies.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786611604 Release date: Nov 2019
£80.00 €112.00 $120.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786611611 Release date: Nov 2019
£29.95 €41.95 $43.95

Pages: 256

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When it comes to migration, there is no level playing field. Some people are privileged, advantaged and supported and others are marginalised, persecuted and traumatised. The extension of the rights and equalities for which many people advocate, and provision of other extrinsic conditions are insufficient for wellbeing. This work asks: what is sufficient? What is it that people do—and can do—to change their experience from suffering to wellbeing when handling challenges of migration and other mobilities?

What helps people when they are migrating? What have migrants experienced and learned that could be useful to others facing challenges of mobility and change? How can this learning be applied to promote greater social wellbeing and care of environments, in an increasingly mobile world?

This book documents rich conversations with regular migrants and refugees to critically consider migration history, human rights, place, self, and mobilities studies. The work explores ontological and epistemological questions of sense of self, sense of place, identity and agency. Mahni Dugan helps us understand how the relationship between sense of place and sense of self affects the ability of migrants to relocate with wellbeing. The movement from global to local, social to personal, intellectual to experiential offers a broad societal understanding of the phenomena and challenges of contemporary mobilities.

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

1: Conceptual Frames

1 Mobilities of Place and Self

Place and Sense of Place

Self and Sense of Self

2 Meta-Narratives and Agency

3 All the World is the Stage

II: Lived Experience

4 Regular Migrations

5 Irregular Migrations

6 Mobile Lives

III: Challenges of Resettlement

7 Settling in New Places

8 Dilemmas of Difference

9 Identity and Belonging

IV: Moving Forward

10 Vital Sensibilities

11 What Legacy Will We Leave?

Bibliography

Index

Mahni Dugan has a PhD Human Geography and consults on Research, writing, seminars and mentoring

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